This month our featured nonprofit is the American Standardbred Adoption Program (ASAP). This local organization was founded in 1994 with the mission to honor and serve the people and horses within the harness racing industry. They work to help rehome horses to qualified families once the horses have finished their racing careers. They also help rescue and provide sanctuary for abandoned, abused or neglected horses of all breeds.
ASAP is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Wisconsin. They also have foster farms in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and other states across the nation. They do not charge any horse owners for the cost of rehoming their horses. Service fees are contributed by qualified adoptive families. For more information on this group or to offer a donation, please visit their website or Facebook page.
Information about donating or adopting a race horse:
- Tax write-offs up to $7,500 are available for donating a race horse through ASAP
- ASAP provides free hauling from track or stabling site to one of their farms
- ASAP does thorough screenings of potential adoptive families who may want to take a Standardbred into their hearts and homes
- Some Standardbreds live out their days at the official ASAP farm
- Standardbreds are rehabbed and most are retrained to saddle as pleasure horses
- Standardbreds make wonderful trail horses or therapy horses